New Mexico State makes pitch to remain in Sun Belt

New Mexico State has made its pitch to conference higher-ups to remain football members of the Sun Belt, according to Jason Groves of The Las Cruces Sun-News.

University president Garrey Carruthers made his presentation via teleconference this past Wednesday in hopes of extending the Aggies’ time in the Sun Belt, with the current agreement between both parties set to expire after the 2017 season.

“[Carruthers] was on his ‘A’ game,” AD Mario Moccia said. “It’s political season and he knows how to get votes. In my opinion, it is going to come down to finances and things like that.”

New Mexico State is looking to extend its football membership in the Sun Belt along with Idaho, who also made their pitch to remain members this week. The Aggies must receive 75 percent approval in order to achieve that, with the Sun Belt presidents set to vote on March 10 during the conference’s basketball tournament.

And it’s an uphill battle for New Mexico State, who have gone 7-29 (4-12 Sun Belt) in two Sun Belt seasons under coach Doug Martin. The fact that it is so far from the rest of the Sun Belt schools, most of which are in the southeastern United States, also works against it even with the idea of televising some of its games in Sun Belt markets.

Needless to say, with the Sun Belt opting to have a championship game with fewer than 12 teams, NMSU and Idaho had better hope fate is on their side.

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